Faith in 15

Faith in 15

Faith in 15 provides a convenient way to hear a message that applies the Bible to real-world issues we all face - in about fifteen minutes each week. It presents sermons preached at First Baptist Church, Carrollton, Georgia that are equally applicable if you have never attended our church, missed worship and want to catch up, or just want to listen again. Currently, the majority of our messages are provided by Dr. Joel Snider, Interim Pastor. If you hear something that challenges or inspires you, be sure to subscribe and share this podcast with your friends on social media.

Episodes

September 27, 2021 16 min

This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. This week's sermon reminds us we have a part in God’s reconciling ministry.  I used the story of the star thrower from Loren Eiseley.  If you think the story ends with “I can save this one,” you haven’t heard the best part. 

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This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Mark 12:28-34. 

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September 13, 2021 13 min

 This week's episode features Dr Joel Snider and focuses on John 4:1-15.


Athletes know it is dangerous to wait until you are thirsty to begin hydrating. In extreme conditions, they begin preparing days ahead of their body’s need for water. 


Can we see a parallel to Jesus as “living water?”   

The day in which live is to the soul what heat and exertion are to the body, upping our need for the hydration of the living water.  Why wai...

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September 7, 2021 15 min

This week's episode features Rev Christopher Simonton and focuses on 2 Kings 2:1-14. 

"Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?"

Isn't that the question we ask? In the midst of change we wonder where God has gone, if he cares about us, and if there is anything he can do in a crazy world. 

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August 30, 2021 15 min

This week's episode features Rev Christopher Simonton and focuses on Romans 12:1-3. 


We love customization in every area of our lives. We love having choices and making our own customized version of whatever we are buying. But does that fit with the Christian life?

The verses today contain a call to serve. That call is for all of us. The Word of God is for a Christian to serve Jesus and his church. We are to:

1. Be set apart to Go...

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August 25, 2021 17 min

This week's episode features Rev Christopher Simonton and focuses on John 3:28-30. 


"Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved." -Thomas Merton

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen--not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." -CS Lewis


What matters most is our relationship to Jesus Christ. John the Baptist understood this about his life. He had an exciti...

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August 25, 2021 15 min

This week's episode features Dr. Snider and focuses on Isaiah 6:1-8.


Every Christian has the desire to be useful to God.  We are afraid, however, that God will ask us to do something we won’t like or the demands too much of our time.   Isaiah provides the template for our experiences of being recruited by God for the tasks waiting us.  Few of us realize how the moments recruitment are the path to a meaningful life.

The Meditation...

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August 25, 2021 19 min

This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Deuteronomy 30:11-20.

The Baptist “brand” has fallen on hard times.  The image many people have of our churches and worship are a hindrance to many people looking for a place to grow faith.  Each year more churches have removed the word from their name.  Yet, Baptists have a rich heritage.  No faith tradition did more to secure religious freedom during the formation of ...

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August 25, 2021 16 min

This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Luke 17:20-21.


Jesus makes it clear that the Kingdom has both a future fulfillment - and a current expression.   What’s happening next in God’s work is already happening.   

 

Oswald Chambers reminds us the work of the kingdom is not “out there” in the future, it is waiting for disciples who are willing to let it start happening now.

 

"There are things to be brought ab...

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July 19, 2021 14 min

This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Matthew 5:1-12.

A few years ago I was researching the Beatitudes for a sermon when I came across a quote by St. Francis de Sales who lived in the early 1600s. After repeating the first beatitude ("Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"), he adds this commentary: "Cursed then, are the rich in spirit for the misery of hell is thei...

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July 12, 2021 16 min

This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a.

God May Forgive You (But I Won't)  
Sung by Iris Dement 
lyrics by Harlan Howard and Bobby Braddock 
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


 Well, the kids had to cry for you
 I had to try to do
 things that the Dad should do
 since you've been gone
 Well, you really let us down
 You may be Heaven 'bound
 but you've left one hell of a mess here at ...

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July 5, 2021 18 min

This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Matthew 13:46-46.

The era in which we find ourselves defines almost everything by politics. Are you right or left - red or blue?  We have invested politics with too much of a divine quality, failing to remember only the gospel of Jesus Christ can save us. There is nothing in this life that is more important than the Lordship of Christ. Nothing in this life escapes the j...

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June 29, 2021 13 min

This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on James 4:13-17.

Life is unpredictable.   Our days don’t always go as planned.  It doesn’t always meet our expectations.  Our culture’s standard response is to “take control.”   Advertisements encourage us to take control of our lives, our investments, our desire to stop smoking.  The ones on endlessly.  Products that promise to put us in control grab our attention. But m...

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June 21, 2021 13 min

This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Deuteronomy 11:18-21.

At the very time religious claims are most ardent, our children know less and less about the basics of their faith.  Try some basic tests for you or your family:

  • Where in the Bible can you find the Lord’s Prayer?
  • Do you know the names of the four Gospels?
  • Can you find the 23rd Psalm?
  • Can you identify where the following people are found in Christian Sc...
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    June 14, 2021 20 min

    This week's episode features Rev. Christopher Simonton and focuses on Genesis 13.

    The Bible as a whole is a quest: God’s story and decision to redeem fallen humanity and be with them through the person and work Jesus Christ. 

    Abraham’s story, along with ours here today, is part of that grant story. His story goes on for a while here in Genesis. He went through years of learning to trust God. Jesus said that Abraham saw his day an...

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    June 7, 2021 17 min

    This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Joshua 1:1-11.

    The Bible contain very little background on Joshua.  While Exodus contains chapters describing Moses family and upbringing, Joshua simply appears into the action.  Much of what we know is contained in the simple phrase “Joshua, son of Nun…”

    Consequently, there are few works about Joshua outside of military history.  Elie Wiesel has an interesting study of ...

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    June 7, 2021 14 min

    This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Genesis 25:29-34.

    Angela Duckworth’s work on delayed gratification resulted in her book, Grit.  I’d encourage all parents to read it, whether your child is 3 or 30.  Find her website here.

    For additional thoughts on the long view of life, here is a link to an article I wrote a few years back.  Locusts and cicadas come in a variety of long-cycle lives, ranging from 14-17...

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    This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Acts 11:19-29.

  • It’s easy to note how leadership in Acts transitions from Peter to Paul.  Often overlooked, however, is the transition from Jerusalem as the center of Christian activity to Antioch.
  • Multiple kings in the Selucid Empire were named Antiochus, which means something like “helper.”   Antioch was named for one of these kings.  The most notable Antiochus for stud...
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    May 19, 2021 19 min

    This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on 2 Chronicles 15:8-19

  • See I Kings 11 for the background on Solomon and his wives.  The historian mentions 700 wives and 300 concubines.  The story mentions specific foreign gods introduced into the court of Solomon and how their worship displeased God.
  • One additional quote on idolatry from Chris Hedges in Losing Moses on the Freeway (The Free Press, New York, 2005): "...
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    May 13, 2021 16 min

    This week's episode features Dr. Joel Snider and focuses on Joshua 24:16-28.

    I suggest you do your own internet search with the words  "teenage depression Instagram.”  Consider how helpful Instagram is to your child’s mental health.  You could probably substitute TikTok for similar results.

    For Facebook’s plans to target pre-teens, see: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/facebook-planning-to-create-version-of-instagram...

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